Description

The name Benedetto instantly conjures up images of gorgeous, heirloom quality archtops in a player's mind. When a builder of this stature turns their attention to a solid body guitar design you know it's going to be special, and this gently used 2009 Benny is exactly that. Rumor has it this Benny was featured at a NAMM show and given its beautiful appointments, we can believe it. 

Benny's are typically built with a spruce top on top of a chambered mahogany body, but this Benny changes the recipe a little by capping the chambered mahogany body with a stunning maple top. So it sounds like a Les Paul? No, not exactly. While it shares a similar "Les Paul recipe" in terms of mahogany body/maple cap, this guitar feels, plays, and sounds a lot more like an archtop, granted a really versatile one. It's pretty amazing how much this guitar, given its construction, sounds like an archtop. Airy, open...it's a beautiful, powerful tone. 

The neck will feel comfortable to archtop players, which is to say, slightly flat and wide. It's perfect for tricky chord voicings but not so wide that lead work is a challenge. Worth noting too is the amount of sustain this guitar has - it's pretty staggering.

Plugged in the tones are punchy, warm, open...."jazzy"-through-semi-hollow tones are easy to pull from this beauty (there's also the ability to coil-tap the humbuckers, adding even more tones to the mix). While diehard jazz players will find lots to love with the Benny (feedback resistance for higher volume playing being one advantage), where we really see this guitar excelling is for the player that needs to cover both jazz and rock/blues on the same gig. This guitar would be a no-brainer in those situations. One guitar vs several? You know the answer to that! 

Condition: Excellent. Light tarnishing on the gold hardware (which all gold hardware does over time), light worming on the back, one indentation on the back of the neck (not very noticeable while playing), a few really light marks on the top, no fret wear. The set-up is spot on. 

Forward thinking jazz players (i.e., it doesn't have to be an archtop) or folks looking for a really versatile, exquisitely made guitar will find a lot to love with this model - we sure did. Gorgeous looks, killer tones, build quality, and vibe? What's not to love!

PS - "Benny! Benny!" Admit it, you had that song in your head too.

Specs

  • Body: Maple-top, chambered mahogany body, 14 1/2" lower bout, 2" body depth, Florentine cutaway

  • Binding: Ivoroid

  • Neck: Mahogany

  • Fingerboard: Ebony, 12" radius, with 12th fret abalone floral inlay

  • Width at Nut: 1 3/4", black phenolic

  • Scale: 25"

  • Frets: 22

  • Bridge/Tailpiece: TonePros gold AVT2

  • Pickups: 2 Benedetto A6 gold

  • Controls: Master volume, master tone with push/ pull coil tap, 3-way pickup selector

  • Hardware: Gold

  • Finish: Gloss nitrocellulose lacquer

  • S1729
  • 9lbs 11oz

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